A Puzzle by Modica
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As usual, the setter will be delighted to receive feedback from you, the solvers. I do ask that you remember that for most setters this is a new experience, so please only offer constructive criticism.
A belated review by Prolixic follows.
It’s always a good sign when most of the comments highlight minor points in the clues. Overall, this was enjoyable and well constructed. The commentometer reads as 2 / 27 or 7.4%.
1 Turned out any cop is able to provide cover (6)
CANOPY – An anagram (turned out) of ANY COP.
4 Naughty Boris questions content (6)
RISQUE – The answer is hidden (content) in the second and third words of the clue.
8 Unfortunate long wait for somewhere to get your head down abroad (5-3)
WAGON LIT – An anagram (unfortunate) of LONG WAIT.
10 Support the Italian touring unknown country (6)
BRAZIL – T three-letter word for a woman’s supporting garment and the Italian word for “the” go around (touring) a letter used in algebra to indicate an unknown quantity.
11 Weapon captured by minesweeper heading west (4)
EPEE – The answer is hidden in (captured by) and reversed (heading west) in the fourth word of the clue.
12 Bedroom has child’s toy returned for your convenience (10)
CHAMBERPOT – A seven-letter word word for a bedroom followed by a reversal (returned) of a three-letter word for a child’s toy.
13 Could I be an example of one? (5,7)
ROMAN NUMERAL – V, X, L, C, D and M would be other examples of this numbering system.
16 Smooth office worker before start of duties is unlikely to lose it (4-8)
EVEN-TEMPERED – A four-letter word meaning smooth and a four-letter word for an office worker followed by a three-letter word meaning before and the initial letter (start) of duties.
20 Artists who leave their mark (10)
TATTOOISTS – Cryptic definition of those who produce inked designs on the skin of their clients.
21 Ripped apart by storm with no trouble (4)
TORN – A seven-letter word for a violent twisting wind storm without a three-letter word meaning trouble.
22 Mixing oil and mud results in mathematical values (6)
MODULI – An anagram (mixing) of OIL MUD. Whilst most of the surface readings of the clues are good, this is a notable exception.
23 Transaction without a conscious state (8)
DELAWARE – A four-letter word for a transaction without the letter A followed by a five-letter word meaning conscious.
24 Accepting thanks ahead of George perhaps (6)
TAKING – A two-letter word meaning thanks followed by the type of rule of which George was an example.
25 Me and my pals with a little 7Up. It’s all gone now (4,2)
USED UP – A two-letter word meaning me and my pals followed by the abbreviation for the answer to 7 down and the UP from the clue. Some editors would not like 7Up with the un-indicated requirement to split it to provide the wordplay elements. Here 7 Up would have been a valid alternative.
1 Support top dog (8)
CHAMPION – Double definition meaning to support a cause and a winner.
2 Loose moose. Next in line could capture it (5)
NOOSE – Start the second word of the clue with the next letter in the alphabet to the current starting letter using the sequence of loose and moose.
3 Nut running around Long Island gets bird (7)
PELICAN – A five-letter word for a type of nut around the abbreviation for Long Island.
5 One medic initially invites British queen for supper (7)
IMBIBER – The letter representing one followed by a two-letter abbreviation for a medic, the initial letter of invites, the single-letter abbreviation for British and a two-letter abbreviation for the queen.
6 Dance when leaderless group nearly annoy the French (9)
QUADRILLE – A five-letter word for a group without the initial letter (leaderless) followed by a four-letter word meaning annoy without the last letter (nearly) and the French masculine singular form of the.
7 Boss man who is owed money loses crown (6)
EDITOR – A seven-letter word for a someone owed money without the initial letter (loses crown).
9 I’m saturated, confused and suffering from shock (11)
TRAUMATISED – An anagram (confused) of IM SATURATED.
14 Open mouthed when a lorry receives three points (9)
AWESTRUCK – The A from the clue and a five-letter word for a lorry around the abbreviation for West, East and South.
15 Salty stream of sorrow? (8)
TEARDROP – Cryptic definition for something produced when crying. I agree with the comments that one of these hardly constitutes a stream.
17 Posh schoolboy has memo returned with one article added (7)
ETONIAN – Reverse (returned) a four-letter word for a memo followed by the letter representing one and the two-letter indefinite article. Be careful about repeating wordplay indicators. Here both returned and one are repetitions of devices previously used.
18 Nine goddesses accept 150 bundles of tissues (7)
MUSCLES – A five-letter word word the nine goddesses of ancient Greece around the Roman numerals for 150. To make the cryptic reading not read A accept B (when it should be A accepts B), perhaps accepting would be better
19 A different tea suggested when you do this (3,3)
EAT OUT – A reverse anagram where the first three letters followed by an anagram indicator would produce TEA.
21 Drawn to United (5)
TOWED – The TO from the clue followed by a three-letter word meaning united or married.